“[Abraham] who, contrary to hope, in hope believed.” Romans 4:8
O my soul, you have not one single promise only, like Abraham — but a thousand promises, and many patterns of faithful believers before you. It behooves you, therefore, to rely with confidence upon the word of God. And though the Lord delays His help and the evil seem to grow worse and worse, be not weak — but rather be strong; and rejoice since the most glorious promises of God are generally fulfilled in such a wondrous manner, that He steps forth to save us at a time when there is the least appearance of it. He commonly brings His help in our greatest extremity, that His finger may plainly appear in our deliverance. And this method He chooses, that we may not trust upon anything that we see or feel (as we are always apt to do) — but only upon His bare word, which we may depend upon in every state.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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